Nay Pyi Taw, 14 July — The Tatmadaw and Border Guard Force continued a search Tuesday for remnant Klohtoobaw Karen Organization fighters in Kayin State’s Kawkareik Township after reopening two roads that had been seized by the ethnic armed group.
A Tatmadaw and BGF patrol came under heavy weapons fire from KKO fighters in the urban ward of Kawkareik on Monday night.
During a patrol earlier in the day, the Tatmadaw and BGF seized a weapons cache including a mortar and home-made mines, as well as two vehicles from Point 382.
On Sunday night, a Tatmadaw patrol seized machineguns, grenade launchers and ammunition from Aungbala Hill and its surrounds.
They arrested two KKO members while searching Kaunghmu Village.
The KKO, led by Kyaw Thet and Saw Hsan Aung, placed toll gates on the Kawkareik-Thingan-Nyinaung-Myawady Road and New Asian Highway and had been restricting access, in defiance of local government instructions to desist.
Tatmadaw and BGF patrols in Kawkareik Township will continue for public security. GNLM